Heritage Rescue Emergency Initiative (HERI)


The Heritage Rescue Emergency Initiative (HERI) has collected information on the most pressing needs of museums and museum professionals in Ukraine. 75 museums from 16 regions in Ukraine (excluding the western regions, which are comparatively safer) have answered to HERI’s questionnaire on needs. The list is regularly updated online and includes amongst others:

  • Financial support for museum and cultural sector staff in emergency situations.
  • Mobile phone payment for the staff working on saving and protecting cultural heritage from destruction.
  • Generators and fuel.
  • Packing materials (cardboard boxes, bubble wrap, craft packing roll paper, stretch film, corrugated cardboard rolls, envelopes, waterproof pack bags etc.).
  • Fire extinguishers.
  • Sacks for sand.
  • Payment for cloud storage services.

HERI collects resources, including money, to cover the museums’ needs and communicates with those museums directly. The list includes price estimates of the different items to give an overview of the overall budget that is needed to efficiently help the Ukrainian museums and museum professionals.

Donations in EUR can be sent to the bank details below. The account belongs to Tustan NGO, which is one of the co-founders of HERI. Because of the war, it has been impossible for HERI to register a new organisation and bank account. Donations in dollars and Ukrainian Hryvnia is also possible. Find more details about donations and wire transfer in this document.

Heritage Rescue Emergency Initiative (HERI) is a newly founded initiative working with the aim of preserving cultural heritage in warzones and its post-crisis recovery. Right now, the focus is on Ukraine and all HERI activities are coordinated by the Ministry of Culture and Information Police of Ukraine, UNESCO, ICOM, ICOM-DRMC, ICCROM and other institutions and rescue initiatives in Ukraine and worldwide.